28 July 2012

Kenya: Narok Elders Accuse Chair of Misinformation

Civic leaders from Narok Town Council have accused Maasai council of elders' chairman Kasaine ole Esho of misleading commissioner Kassim Farah on sub-division of public land in the region. Council vice chairman Sakamo Ololosikan said the commissioner should consult the council before undertaking any land dealings.

Speaking to the press in Narok town yesterday, Ololosikan denied claims that the council has been grabbing the land before the incoming of the new county government. "We are wondering why a respected Maasai elder can mis-inform the commissioner," said Ololosikan. Last week, Farah ordered town clerk Godfrey Kwena to stop sub-dividing the public land.

He added that the council should not tamper with the land until the National Land Commission has been constituted. The Ereteti ward councillor threatened to call for fresh elections of the Maasai council of elders. "We want a clear procedure of election because it seems the current office holders have ran out of ideas," he said.

The councillor also noted that all the public land was reverted back to the community in the year 2005. "The elder has sold their land and he is now moving around trying to tarnish council's name and its operations," claimed Ololosikan. Efforts to get comments from Esho were fruitless as his phone was off.

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